Lyon, which is often also known as Lyons, is the third-largest city in France and the capital of both the Rhône department and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Lyon is situated on a narrow peninsula between the Rhône and Saône rivers, on their opposing banks.
The town boasts many historical wonders, including the Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), one of the last remaining Renaissance architectural complexes.
Highlights of Lyon
You can visit Lyon on foot, which is beautiful on a nice day. Seeing the narrow streets of Old Lyon, the most exciting part of the city, on foot is the only way to see it. From the Old Town, you can take the funicular up to Fourvière – a highlight not to be missed. If you have a bit more time, then the tourist bus is perfect for seeing all the highlights. Alternatively, you can also see them by boat on the Sâone and Rhône rivers.
One highlight not to be missed is the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, which is visible from just about anywhere in Lyon. Built in the late 19th century to honor the Virgin Mary, this famous basilica will amaze art lovers and architecture fanatics alike.
A trip to Lyon is not complete without trying the food on offer. This Lyonnaise cuisine will not fail to amaze and delight. Ramble off the beaten path to find some smaller owned family establishments and prepare to have your taste buds explode with the signature Lyonnaise dishes such as salads, saucissons, andouillettes, and quenelles.